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lucybug33
« on: January 19, 2009 04:58:43 PM »

 Cheesy

So, i came across this great tutorial on Design Sponge to make a round cat scratchy post from cardboard- here's my results.


about 1/2 way


finished- at least as far as i was willing to go after a few hours


in quality testing by Chloe

I used about 3 Avon boxes & lids. Chloe approved and her housemate Ozzy also gave his calws of approval.
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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2009 05:50:46 PM »

this is brilliant.  We seem to get tons of boxes and really have no use for them.  Now we do!!!  Thanks for posting this!!  Sugar will like it me thinks!!  WOOOO!!


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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2009 10:57:47 PM »

My cats LOVE those kinds of scratchers.  Do you have the link to the tutorial?  Was it hard getting them all even?
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2009 08:15:09 AM »

Super work!
I make some similar things with the boxes the kitty litter comes in (have 7 kitties so we had alot of boxes)
Some catnip sprinkled on top really gets them goin and is so much fun to watch.
Similar stuff at pet shops are like 10+$
Yeeehh for recycling!
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2009 08:22:07 PM »

here's the link
http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/01/diy-project-recycled-cardboard-kitty-pad.html
I had a hard time keeping it even, but mostly i just measured and used an exacto knife to cut strips of cardboard, just like the tutorial. I just wrapped the outside and bottom with painters tape so once the kids have shredded it the remainder can go in the recycle bin.
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2009 10:23:45 PM »

Thanks, lucybug33!  I am so going to try this!  I have a 7ft box in my garage left over from my treadmill that's been begging for a purpose  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2009 02:33:39 PM »

Great idea!  My cat would definitely love something like this.  As I was looking at the one you made, I couldn't help thinking about how much work must have went into holding everything in place and trying to keep the circular shape going.  Then I thought about the scratching pads I have bought from the stores in the past and realized I could easily make my own in the traditional rectangular box shapes they come in at the stores.  It wouldn't look as cool as yours, but it would be quicker.

Thanks for the idea!  I wouldn't have thought about making my own scratching pads without seeing your post.
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lucybug33
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2009 02:43:31 PM »

i used masking tape to hold the layers in place. I suppose hot glue would work as well and probably better for a straight one
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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2009 02:44:40 AM »

I personally loved this idea on Design Sponge. The cats absolutely love it.

I made mine only 2 inches tall because I thought I'd run out of cardboard to wrap:

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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2009 09:32:02 AM »

Wauw, i think it's brilliant!!
Well done!  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2009 02:16:14 AM »

I am seriously going to make one of these!  We just got a kitten a few weeks ago, and she is an unholy scratching machine a little exhuberant with the nails!  I wanna know how going like this *makes motion like an unholy scratching machine a cat scratching a couch* can get their nails needle-pointy and razor-sharp!  This evil little furball little sweetums can really draw blood when she wants to!  hahahahahaaa!
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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2009 11:05:13 AM »

This is excellent! Thank you. My kitties are all indoor/outdoor Country kitties and use trees, but my Mom's kitten will (hopefully) Love this! He is pretty radical little guy, (Red Point Siamese) (rips the heads off his stuffed toy animals) so I think I might put a bit of hot glue here and there as I make it to keep it sturdier. That would also help hold it together as you made it. I enjoyed all the additional tid bits from all the replies. I'll make one that is square because I think my Mom could better find a place to put it, and I really liked the idea of putting a fabric edging around it.   Smiley Ramblin Lady 
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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2009 06:00:52 AM »

... I think I might put a bit of hot glue here and there as I make it to keep it sturdier. That would also help hold it together as you made it.
Ramblin Lady 

I used masking tape for mine and it's held pretty well so far. Using the hot glue does sound like a better option for lasting longer though.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: December 27, 2009 10:00:09 AM »

It's so funny that I clicked on this today. Just yesterday, I bought a kitty scratcher with toy in the 1/2 off Christmas section. Got home and discovered it's just cardboard. I have plenty of cardboard already..lol.

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« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2010 09:06:59 PM »

I made one too! It's a lot of work but it was worth it. It's been going for over a year now. Smiley

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« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2010 12:07:46 AM »

This is an awesome idea! I love that it can be done for free.
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« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2010 12:23:47 AM »

I used to have the one with the plastic track with the ball in it. The cats would destroy the middle part in no time. It looks like this would last a bit longer. It's funny how you know it's just cardboard but it isn't something we would think of making. Everyone's examples look great!
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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2010 11:05:53 PM »

I should try making this! bookmarking!
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